Director of Learning: Mr T Webster
The Performance Team is a highly successful and vibrant team, consisting of four departments; Dance, Drama, Music and Physical Education.
All students follow a curriculum in these specialist subjects during Key Stage 3. At Key Stage 4, students can choose to take GCSEs in Dance, Drama, Music and PE or the Cambridge National in Sport. At Sixth Form, options include A level Dance, Music, Drama and Theatre Studies or PE and BTEC Sport.
Overall the team achieves excellent examination results.
We have a thriving and well attended extra-curricular programme, with clubs in Dance, Drama and Music taking place at all Key Stages, providing all students with the opportunity to further their interests, skills and to enjoy the arts. Students also have the opportunity to attend residential courses, specialist arts projects and trips.
We run many theatre trips to venues around the North West and have touring theatre and dance companies and music bands in School to support various curriculum areas. We have run successful trips to New York and London.
Our students are also successful in auditioning for The National Youth Theatre and Musical Theatre, Cheshire’s Homegrown Youth Dance Company, Cheshire Dance Youth Company and various orchestras including the Halle and Stockport as well as bands across the region, such as Poynton Youth Brass Band. Some of our students are in the prestigious National Children's Choir and the Halle Youth Choir.
Each department showcases work throughout the year locally, in Cheshire, and much wider afield.
Our facilities have improved considerably in the past few years as a result of Performing Arts status and we now have a professional, large well-equipped Dance studio and a number of other purpose-built spaces; a Drama studio, Performing Arts studio, two recording studios and several practice rooms. The school Hall is fitted with retractable tiered seating and has lighting and curtains to transform it into a theatre for public performances.
We are committed to raising standards in our subject areas which are already outstanding and contribute considerably to the social, cultural, moral and spiritual ethos of the school. We are also actively involved in the wider community, both in terms of projects in partnership with local arts groups, organisations, theatres, schools, and Universities and by supporting and providing access to our facilities, resources and expertise.
The Performance Team consists not only of highly qualified specialist teachers but also has a resident technician.